Outdoor Ascent Series

The Front and Bear House Mountain Guiding are coming together to bring you a new climbing class program called the Outdoor Ascent Series. The series will cover outdoor sport climbing fundamentals such as cleaning anchors, lowering, and rappelling as well as outdoor top-roping and an introduction to trad climbing. We'll begin each course by going over the basics, practicing, and getting comfortable in the gym and then Bear House will take you outside to apply those skills. Join other Front members and supportive, experienced instructors to help build a knowledgeable outdoor climbing community and get the local climbing beta.

Each course is $150 for Front members and $175 for non-members. Each course is broken up into 3 days and includes 4 hours of indoor instruction at our gym and 4 hours of outdoor instruction by Bear House. (The only exception is Intro to Trad Climbing, which is 2 days and has 2 hours of indoor instruction and 6 hours outside.)

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Follow the links to learn more about each course and register:
Outdoor Top-Roping
Outdoor Sport Climbing
Intro to Trad Climbing

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Get 10% off if you sign up for all the Outdoor Ascent classes at once!

Confident Climbing Series

This new group of clinics is designed to be informative, fun, and to cover important issues that help us all be better climbers. Each clinic is 2 hours long and cost $15 - $25. The series kicks off with the first two clinics on Falling Without Fear and Knowing Your Knots & Hitches. In the future, different clinics will be offered covering topics such as dynamic movement and how to climb a grade harder. We are also offering the clinics on different days to accommodate different schedules.

FALLING WITHOUT FEAR

Falling, it's a big part of climbing. We do it all the time, but if we are being honest many of us aren't completely comfortable with falling, and in many cases the possibility of falling prevents us from trying our hardest and enjoying a climb to its fullest. This clinic provides ways of objectively assessing risk and dealing with fear. The clinic also gives ample opportunities to take and catch falls, but don't worry, we won't force you to take huge whippers. The goal is to identify each climber’s comfort zone, whatever it may be, and then help climbers expand it. The clinic is fun and supportive, so bring a friend and start the process of becoming more confident climbers together. 

*This class focuses on falling while rope climbing. It is geared towards lead climbers. Participants must be at least top-rope belay certified, but are preferably lead certified.

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KNOTS & HITCHES

We all know the figure 8 knot, but what do you do when it won’t do the job? Like when you need to impress your non-climbing friends with your mountain woman (or mountain man) prowess or when you actually need to be able to do something useful with a rope other than tie in to your harness? David Farkas, The Front’s in-house mountain guide, and expert mustache braider, will teach you some of the most useful knots and hitches for climbing and other uses.

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Original Climbing Classes

TOP-ROPE ORIENTATION

45 minutes

$39 | Free for members

To climb with ropes you need to know the proper procedures for communication, using equipment, belaying, and lowering a climber. This essential class covers all these skills and gives you plenty of practice. Taught in small groups, price includes gear rental.

You’ll Learn

Essential safety procedures
How to properly belay and lower a fellow climber

Who Should Take It

Climbers who have never top-roped or who might be a bit rusty. Also, anyone who has taken Bouldering 101. *You must be at least 14 years old to top-rope belay.

Next Class to Take

Getting to 5.10

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GETTING TO 5.10

4 classes, 2 hours per class

$79 | $59 for members

The goal of this class is to make you a solid 5.10 climber and ready to learn to lead climb. In it you will learn advanced movement, tactics, and goal setting as well as get your first taste of fun training activities to develop fitness quickly.

You’ll Learn

Crucial movement skills
Planning and tactics to climb harder routes
How to interval train

Who Should Take It

Top-rope climbers who want to move up to lead climbing, or anyone wanting to consistently climb 5.10. 

Next Class to Take

Learn to Lead

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LEARN TO LEAD

2 classes, 2 hours per class

Sale! $79 | $59 for members

Learn to Lead will take your climbing to the next level. We'll get you on our most exciting walls, further develop your technical skills, and have you take a first step towards outdoor climbing. Must be top-rope belay certified and bring your own rope/belay device.

You’ll Learn

Best practices for falling, catching, and clipping
How to properly inspect equipment
Good ways to continue improving as a climber

Who Should Take It

Climbers who are confident climbing 5.10 without falling. We recommend taking Getting to 5.10 first if you’re not able to consistently climb at that grade. *You must be at least 14 years old to lead climb and lead belay.

Next Class to Take

Plastic to Classic

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PRIVATE LESSON

1 hour

$45 per session

Privately coached sessions are a great way to address the specifics of your climbing that you want to improve. Our coaches can provide great insights into movement and other critical aspects of your climbing.
Do you need to work on movement, fear of falling, goal setting, or fitness? Preparing for a competition? Our coaches can be your personal guide, for one or many sessions. Each lesson includes a written summary of the session and coach’s commentary videos when applicable.

What You Could Learn

Specific elements that will enrich your climbing experience
Ways to attain your climbing goals

Who Should Take It

Anyone who wants to get in-depth help for any climbing topic with our world-class instructional staff.

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Meet The Instructors

Adam Tobey
Learn to Lead, Bouldering 101, Falling Without Fear, Knots & Hitches, & Summer Camp

From climbing trees and building structures as a kid to the pursuit of more technical sport and alpine projects today, I have always enjoyed getting outside and up off the ground. I climb to spend time with friends, enjoy nature, and to give my mind a break from the craziness of the world. I love climbing outdoors and in and am stoked to help others acquire the knowledge to do the same.

My teaching experience is rather varied. I’ve taught of children, youth, and graduate students in a classroom setting. I’ve taught technical mountain skills to high schoolers and young adults as a mountaineering guide in British Columbia. And now, at The Front, I am excited to teach movement and technical skills to help people fall in love with the sport and adventure of rock climbing and succeed in meeting their goals therein.

Dan Newman
Learn to Lead, Getting to 5.10, Private Lessons, Summer Camps, & the Youth Competitive Team

I have been instructing for over two years, while I also working on my Special Education degree at Weber State University. Rock climbing has afforded me opportunities to visit countless amazing outdoor areas across the United States and as far away as British Columbia and Nepal, explorations that have brought happiness and wellbeing. Rock climbing has been a fantastic personal and physical challenge for me and I can honestly say that has changed who I am and who I want to be.